In many professing Christian churches after preachers and evangelist give impassioned sermons about Christ, salvation, and the consequences of not accepting Christ as one’s savior, the song Come Just as You Are is often sung while an altar call is being given.
On the surface, the words of this song sound wonderful and biblical. However, a little research into what the Bible actually says about how to obtain salvation shows this song as just another clever deceptive counterfeit of the true method to obtain salvation.
The scriptures clearly show that no one can come to Christ just as they are. The apostle Peter said this in his sermon on the Feast of Pentecost after Christ’s death and resurrection:
“Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the holy spirit.” (Acts 2:38 KJV).
From what Peter said, a person cannot come just as they are. Peter reveals two prerequisites that must be satisfied before anyone can receive the holy spirit and become one of the Sovereign Father’s
Notice the first thing a person must do is repent, But, what does it mean to repent? What is to be repented of? And how does one repent?
The second thing a person must do is to be properly baptized (i.e., totally immersed in water).
The first four words of this song, Come just as you are, are totally deceptive and non-biblical. Because, according to Peter one cannot come just as they are they must first repent.
The next four words of this song, Hear the spirit call, are equally deceptive, because a spirit does not call a person to Christ. The apostle John records the Jesus said that it is his heavenly Father that calls a person to him—not a nebulous spirit.
“No one can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him. And, No one can come to me, except it were given to him of my Father” (Jn.6:44, 65 KJV).
Although there are several versions of the song Come as You Are, which is sung to entice people to make a profession of faith in Christ, all are equally deceptive and lead to a false conversion, a false Christ, and a false gospel message.
The apostles Peter also said this on same the Feast of Pentecost after Christ’s death and resurrection:
“For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:39 KJV).
The Greek language of Acts 2:39 clearly shows that not everyone is being called to salvation during this gospel age and that the Sovereign Father personally calls those he wants to offer salvation to before Christ returns, but what is so special about God the Father’s call to salvation during this gospel age?
It is special because these individuals are offered positions of rulership in his kingdom which includes the gift of immortality, which is not just eternal life; it is much more. The angels have eternal life and they are sustained by God’s life-giving power, yet they can be destroyed if they disobey him. The life God offers to his earthly children during the gospel age of salvation is immortal life, which can never be destroyed.
The apostle wrote the following about the gift of immortality:
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed––in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the
imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will become true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1.Cor.15:51-54 NIV).
The magnitude of the opportunities and rewards the Sovereign God offers to those he calls to salvation through repentance, baptism, and conversion is almost beyond comprehension; nevertheless, what is offered can be obtained by those who are willing to become obedient to God’s way of life.
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